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Modelling crop growth and yield in tomato cultivation

Code: 9781838792862
Kenneth J. Boote, University of Florida, USA

Chapter synopsis: Crop-growth simulation models have become important tools for researchers and growers for the purpose of assisting management and improving production. The CROPGRO-Tomato model described in this chapter is one of a suite of models within the modelling package Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT), which is widely used and accepted by agricultural research communities (Jones et al., 2003). This model is mechanistic and process oriented (processes of carbon, water and N balance), and it simulates daily progress towards flowering and fruit set as well as daily growth of leaves, stems, roots and fruits over time until maturity or final harvest (Scholberg et al., 1997; Boote et al., 1998; Boote et al., 2012). This chapter describes the model, its sensitivity to climatic and management factors, what it is capable of predicting and how it can be used in various applications of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum Mill.) cultivation in order to address the challenges confronting industry and researchers.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0007.16
Table of contents1 Introduction 2 Review of tomato crop modelling and introduction of the CROPGRO-Tomato model 3 Important processes and temperature sensitivities in the CROPGRO-Tomato model 4 Integrating temperature effects and simulating growth and yield for tomato crops 5 Water and nitrogen balance in the CROPGRO-Tomato model 6 Illustrating growth dynamics of the CROPGRO-Tomato model and evaluations against field data 7 Simulating tomato growth and yield response under N-limited and water-limited conditions 8 Summary 9 Future trends in research 10 Where to look for further information 11 References

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